About Me

I am a  fully qualified  teacher and SEN tutor, specialising in  English, with a First Class degree and over 25 years' experience of teaching. I provide one-to-one learning opportunities to students who, typically, have yet to reach their full potential, including those who may have indicators of Dyslexia, autism, ADD, Learning Difficulties and processing issues. I enjoy developing bespoke work which matches  student interests and needs and which seeks to deliver, within an English framework, a broad based, well balanced education which engages the student with the wider world. My focus starts with spelling.

 

 

 
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Specialist Experience and Skills

Since graduating with a PGCE from The Institute of Education, where my dissertation was on English/Literacy  for students with learning differences,  I have worked for many years as an Intervention Teacher, responsible to the borough Head of SEN, and also as a one to one English tutor.

I use explicit teaching, identify realistic targets and embed core skills. My focus is to provide a positive learning experience by developing a programme of study which engages the student at a personal level, which provides the requisite underpinning skills, knowledge and understanding to help the learner ... Read More
Since graduating with a PGCE from The Institute of Education, where my dissertation was on English/Literacy  for students with learning differences,  I have worked for many years as an Intervention Teacher, responsible to the borough Head of SEN, and also as a one to one English tutor.

I use explicit teaching, identify realistic targets and embed core skills. My focus is to provide a positive learning experience by developing a programme of study which engages the student at a personal level, which provides the requisite underpinning skills, knowledge and understanding to help the learner become more confident and more astute as a learner.

As well as developing English and language skills, I aim to improve verbal memory, processing speed, organisational skills and working memory skills. Critical thinking skills development underpin all work.

Each student receives a genuinely bespoke, realistic, yet challenging programme of study, using explicit teaching and continuous assessment to equip the student with the skills and confidence to move to the next level.

My approach builds on multi-sensory learning, and I build on student's visual and creative skills. Recognising that different students have preferred learning styles, I work to equip students with a broad range of learning strategies, working with weaknesses as well as strengths and developing task specific strategies.

I am particularly interested in developing confidence, a positive mindset and resilience.

I consider myself to be empathetic, flexible and focused.  I work hard to ensure that the student experience is personal, effective, rewarding and fun.

My Teaching Philosophy

I am passionate about the power of education to change lives.

I begin by understanding my student and their needs and I work towards building a positive relationship. A good tutor needs to be flexible, patient, creative and, above all, empathetic to the needs of each student.

Although the focus is on developing English skills, I seek to develop confidence, a positive mindset, and  a resilience which encourages the student to become more proactive and more thoughtful about themselves and those around them. I also seek to provide a broad based, well balanced education which encourages the student to become more curious about the world.

Something Sensational About Me

Before I became a teacher and father, I travelled quite widely. Nowadays, I'm more of an armchair traveller, although, as a family, we do like to go campfire camping.

My wife and I work an allotment and I'm a member of The British Museum. I retain a strong interest in history, anthropology, and related disciplines.

Ahem. My eldest daughter was recently awarded top 2% marks in both English  Language and English Literature at GCSE. My youngest daughter is destined to be an inspiring primary school teacher.

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    Availability

    • Monday 0900 - 1500
    • Tuesday 13.00 - 1800
    • Wednesday 0900 - 1800
    • Thursday 0900 - 1800
    • Friday 1300 - 1700
    • Saturday -

    Qualifications and Training

    • Institute of Education, University of London, PGCE (English specialist);
    • University of London B.A. (Hons.) Anthropology and Sociology (First Class)
    I regularly attend relevant training, including training on Autism Awareness, Learning Difficulties and learning, ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia and Learning,   Mindset, Target Setting, Learning Styles, Social Anxiety and Behaviour Management, Evidence Based Teaching and GCSE English enhancement programmes.... Read More
    • Institute of Education, University of London, PGCE (English specialist);
    • University of London B.A. (Hons.) Anthropology and Sociology (First Class)
    I regularly attend relevant training, including training on Autism Awareness, Learning Difficulties and learning, ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia and Learning,   Mindset, Target Setting, Learning Styles, Social Anxiety and Behaviour Management, Evidence Based Teaching and GCSE English enhancement programmes.

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    • you require a teacher who... is passionate about the power of education to transform lives
    • you require a teacher who... is experienced in improving real world skills
    • you require a teacher who... encourages curiosity about the world
    • you require a teacher who... provides the learner with a focussed, structured, multi-sensory programme;
    • you require a teacher who...aims to ensure the development of a confident, capable, independent learner

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      Chris

      My daughter has really responded to John's multisensory style. There were some big gaps in her English skills and John was able to develop a personalised programme of study which was non patronising, vibrant and effective. She has reengaged with the English language. Even teachers in other subjects have noticed her newfound purposefulness!

      Lisa

      John's empathetic approach has really made  a big difference to my son's attitude to learning. Knowing how to spot and write about language features and how to structure answers to maximise marks has changed the way he thinks about the English language and the exam. Thanks!

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